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A Tribute to Fr. Paul Byrne O.M.I.

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Tyrconnell Road

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A tribute to Fr. Paul’s contribution to Irish Emigrants. Hosted by the Oblate Fathers, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore

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The evening’s special guest is Norah Casey, who numbers as one of Ireland’s greatest Social Innovators, and who is also known for her publishing, broadcasting, and entrepreneurial endeavours. Norah is acquainted with the legacy of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain on behalf of emigrants through her work with The Irish Post and her time spent in the UK.

The chaplains played an important role in the life of many Irish Emigrants to Britain. Experiencing first-hand the harsh conditions and stoical endurance of the Irish Navvies it engendered in these priests a degree of respect and admiration for those they served. Their observations are best articulated by one of these chaplains, Fr. Owen Sweeney, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, : ‘I came to appreciate the inestimable value of their contribution to human well-being. I came to regard them as the true nobility of society – humble, hard-working men, who rarely complained about their lot.’ Like the navvies, these chaplains, both male and female, were also a special breed, and their like will not be seen again.

This tribute coincides with the relaunch of Ultan Cowley’s seminal book, The Men Who Built Britain, which features a newly added dedication to the Chaplains of the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants, a tribute will be paid to Fr. Paul Byrne O.M.I. marking his outstanding commitment to Irish Emigrants. To quote Ultan Cowley Paul’s ‘lifelong work on behalf of the Irish in Britain was invaluable’. The evening is hosted by the Oblate Fathers in their House of Retreat, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore. A tribute to Fr. Paul’s contribution to Irish Emigrants will be led by Dr. Patricia Kennedy author of Welcoming the Stranger; Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain since 1957.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions: No 13 bus from City Centre or the Red Line Luas to Blackhorse Luas stop. (Parking available). Ultan and Patricia’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

For further details call the Oblate Fathers at +353 (0)1-4541160

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